Learn about different lighting sources, and how to control and expose for them.
In this 2.5 hour class, we will cover:
- different lighting sources and their properties, such as natural (the sun), ambient room light, studio strobes and flash units, and continuous studio lights.
- what your camera settings need to be set at; shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance for the different lighting sources and why
- different modifiers, why and when to use each (soft boxes - square, round, or strip boxes, umbrellas, snoots, barn doors, grids, and reflectors)
- different ways to remotely trigger studio or flash strobe lights.
Lighting is a very immense subject, with much more complex topics and specific areas to learn in order to be really proficient at it.
This class is meant to give you the basics and a sound understanding of where to start with lighting.
Photography after all is simply the capturing of light. Knowing and understanding how to create or control the light is the #1 thing you can do to become an amazing photographer.
* I do require that you either attend the Photography 101 class before coming to this one or have a good understanding of your camera settings in manual mode. You should know what a stop of light is and how to change it using one of the 3 features in your camera (ISO, shutter, and aperture). You can not work with more complex lighting without this knowledge. Studio strobes can not be used with program or automatic modes in your camera. In order to get the full benefit of this class, you must be able to take your camera out of all automatic shooting (including auto ISO) and understand what each of the settings control, like depth of field, stopping or blurring motion, and sensor sensitivity to light (all covered in the Photo 101 class).
Because this is a short class I can only cover the basics of lighting. There will be a Lighting 202 class also posted where you will learn how to meter the light, setting up different lighting scenarios, and working with more complex lighting to produce professional looking images.